No Whistling Past Nuclear Armageddon This Time

A bomb shelter on display in 1958. Salesmen for such shelters eventually went bust peddling doomsday.
JANUARY 2, 2016
No one called it terrorism back then, but the angst of day-to-day existence during the Cold War was chillingly recalled with the release last month of the government’s top-secret nuclear target list for 1959. “Population” was the obscenely brief title of target category No. 275 — population, as in the citizens of major cities who war planners estimated would necessarily die by the millions.
In my neighborhood, people had vague apocalyptic notions, though it felt plain crazy to believe that the doctrine known as MAD, or “mutual assured destruction,” could actually happen. Against this grim though remote possibility, the whole idea of civil defense seemed lame, when the best the government could do was to designate a few thousand of the most mundane New York apartment house basements as supposedly impenetrable “nuclear fallout shelters” for a city of millions. What — survival in Brooklyn on soda crackers, drums of water and aspirin?
“Duck and cover” jokes and tight-lipped laughter became the real civil defense in the Cold War. It felt smarter to seek survival in satire like Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove.” Or in Mort Sahl’s stand-up skewering of Dr. Wernher von Braun, the captured German rocket scientist, who metamorphosed into an American space-age hero. Mr. von Braun said in his best-selling autobiography that “I aim at the stars.” “But,” Mr. Sahl amended, “sometimes hit London,”.
Backyard fallout shelters and bank loans to build them were promoted in the suburbs, but salesmen eventually went bust peddling doomsday. Politicians eager to guarantee protection were soon ensnared in nuances resembling today’s bickering over carpet bombing. (Could a shelter owner morally use a gun to deter neighbors when the attack came?)
The man President John F. Kennedy designated as the nation’s first nuclear civil defense chief, Steuart Pittman, was supposed to guarantee 180 million Americans shelter space stocked with two weeks of food, water and medicine. He met budget resistance in Congress and apathy from the public. “I hate to hear people say that they would prefer to die in a nuclear attack rather than face the horrors of survival,” he complained as the plan faded.
By 1970, ordinary citizens, though certainly still targeted by the Kremlin, had distractions like Vietnam to worry about. Then suddenly the notion of nuclear Armageddon reappeared with the discovery by the New York State Assembly during a routine session that the state, in 1963, had actually constructed a bomb shelter with 4½-foot-thick walls and drawn up a list of 700 or so people who would be privileged to survive in it.
The long-forgotten shelter was a quiet, pet project of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, who was also one of the era’s chief promoters of bunkers. Immediately, questions arose among the lawmakers: Why didn’t I know about this until now? More urgently: How do I get on the list? And from one legislator: What about my constituents?
As the debate prattled on, a sane voice cut through the chamber. “I think we’d do better to trust in God,” boomed Assemblyman Guy Brewer, “rather than put money in a hole in the ground where only a few Herrenvolk would be saved.” The scene faded to grim laughter, a whistling past the nuclear graveyard, the same civil defense employed by the targeted populations back home.

Before The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)


Jan 2nd 2016 2:53PM
Just before 1 a.m. Saturday morning, a 2.1 magnitude earthquake could be felt in Sloatsburg, New York and Suffern, New York just 35 miles north of New York City.
There have been no reported injuries or damages at this time.
The last earthquake strong enough to be felt in New Jersey occurred last August and measured in at a magnitude of 2.7.

Antichrist Calls For Protests Against The Saudis (Daniel 8)

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Nimr al-Nimr, 56, was among 47 people executed in Saudi Arabia on January 2, the kingdom’s Interior Ministry said.
The Saudi government supports terrorists and [radical Sunni] extremists, while executing and suppressing critics inside the country,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari was quoted as saying by Iranian state media.
Ansari warned Saudi Arabia “will pay a high price for following these policies.” The Foreign Ministry also summoned Saudi Arabia’s charge d’affaires in Tehran to protest al-Nimr’s execution, Iranian state television said.
The 47 were convicted of involvement in terrorist acts and inciting violence, the ministry said in a statement.
Al-Nimr was a central figure in Shi’ite protests that erupted in 2011 as part of the Arab Spring in the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s east, where the Shi’ite minority complains of marginalization.
Iran previously warned that executing the cleric would “cost Saudi Arabia dearly.”
Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, a member of the Assembly of Experts and a Friday prayer leader, denounced the execution as a “crime” by Saudi Arabia’s “infamous regime.”
Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said in a statement that the Saudi government will pay for “this shameful act,” which it said was a sign of decay of Saudi rulers.
The Twitter account of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei paid tribute to al-Nimr calling him a “martyr.”
“Awakening is not suppressible,” read the tweet on Khamenei’s English-language Twitter account, next to a photograph of Nimr.
A small group of seminary students protested the cleric’s execution in front of the Saudi embassy in Tehran on January 2, Iranian domestic media reported.
‘Foreign Meddling’
The cleric’s execution also prompted angry reactions in other countries in the region, including in Shi’ite majority Iraq and in Bahrain.
Iraqi lawmaker Mohammed al-Sayhud warned that Nimr’s execution was intended to fuel sectarian strife in the region.
“This measure taken by the ruling family [of Saudi Arabia] aims at reigniting the region, provoking sectarian fighting between Sunnis and Shi’ites,” he told Al-Sumaria TV.
In Bahrain, police used teargas against several dozen people protesting al-Nimr’s execution while carrying his pictures.
Meanwhile, Nimr’s brother said the family was shocked by news of the execution but hoped that any reaction would be peaceful.
“We hope that any reactions would be confined to a peaceful framework. No one should have any reaction outside this peaceful framework. Enough bloodshed,” Mohammed al-Nimr told Reuters.
He said the cleric was found guilty of seeking “foreign meddling” in the kingdom, “disobeying” the country’s rulers, and taking up arms against the security forces.
Hundreds of members of its Shi’ite minority were arrested after the protests during which several policemen were killed in shooting and petrol bomb attacks.
The kingdom also detained thousands of militant Islamists after a series of Al-Qaeda attacks from 2003-06 that killed hundreds, and has convicted hundreds of them.
The ministry said the executions were carried out on January 2 in 12 different areas of the kingdom.
The executions are Saudi Arabia’s first in 2016. At least 157 people were put to death last year, a big increase from the 90 people killed in 2014.
With reporting by Reuters, dpa, AFP, AP, and the BBC

Iran Draws A “Non-Obama” Red Line

TEHRAN – The deputy chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces has said that efforts to boost the country’s missile power will continue seriously and that no one is allowed to interfere in issues related to the country’s defense capabilities.
As has already been announced, the plan to develop the Islamic Republic’s missile and defense power has nothing to do with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said, YJC reported on Friday.
“The recent move by the Americans shows the depth of their grudge against the Iranian nation and Establishment,” the commander stated.
The defense capacities and particularly the missile power of Iran’s Armed Forces are among the country’s redlines,” Brigadier General Jazayeri said, adding that the Armed Forces will follow their plans powerfully and seriously based on the guidelines of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

Nuclear Winter Is Unavoidable (Revelation 8:10)

10:47 09.12.2014(updated 11:37 09.12.2014)
VIENNA, December 9 (Sputnik), Daria Chernyshova — In the event if a nuclear war breaks out in one region of the Earth, the entire planet would suffer grave consequences, characterized by falling temperatures, less precipitation and reduced sunlight, Mike Mills, a scientist at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research, told Sputnik Tuesday.
“Even if the nuclear war happened in one part of the planet – India and Pakistan – the whole globe would be affected by the temperatures dropping, precipitating dropping, sunlight dropping and also the amount of harmful ultra-violet would increase, because of the ozone layer,” Mills said on the sidelines of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons.He described a scenario where after an initial explosion cities would be engulfed by giant firestorms, like those seen during World War II – in Tokyo and Hiroshima.
Heat from the sun would encourage smoke from the fires to rise up into the stratosphere, where the ozone layer is. Since weather features like rain do not occur this high up in the atmosphere, the smoke could not be simply washed away by rain, like it would lower down. Thus it could remain in the stratosphere for years, absorbing sunlight, preventing it from reaching the surface of the Earth. As a result, temperatures at the surface would drop and precipitation patterns would be affected. This in turn would have an impact on agriculture and ecosystems, leading to reductions in crop production, which in turn could give rise to a global famine.
Mills pointed out that as long as countries possess nuclear weapons, it is not a question if they will be used, but when.
“You know that governments change, and relations between countries can change; and as long as we possess the ability to annihilate each other and pose this catastrophic risk to the survival of our species and others on the planet, if we gave as long enough time, they would be used, eventually. Right now there is an increasing number of countries with nuclear weapons and that increases the risk of conflict between different nuclear armed states exponentially,” Mills told Sputnik urging to reverse that.
He stressed that nuclear powers are not doing enough to eliminate nuclear weapons. For instance, the new START treaty signed in 2010 between the United States and Russia, did not consider the climatic consequences of nuclear war. Mills pointed out the need to raise awareness about the risks of a nuclear winter, as in his view, greater awareness would put more pressure on governments to push for disarmament.“You really can’t ignore the impact on humanity of that kind of a war, and if someone were to say – well, we don’t care what happens to human beings after nuclear war, we have to question that kind of leadership whether it is coming from the military or diplomats,” Mills said adding that the well-being of society should be at the forefront of international leaders’ minds.
The Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons is taking place on December 8-9 in Hofburg Palace in the Austrian capital. Its aim is to promote nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation. According to the conference’s organization committee,over 16,000 nuclear warheads still exist, many of which are on “high alert”.